Music can soothe one’s fiery temper, propel a rousing dance, or distract a roommate long enough so you can sell his television at a pawnshop. Experience the stunning power of sound with this GrouponLive deal to see Zappa Plays Zappa at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Thursday, July 19, at 8 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $24, you get one ticket for Section A seating (in red) (a $59 value).
- For $29, you get one ticket for Section A seating (in red) (a $59 value).
Though he's a dizzyingly accomplished guitarist in his own right, Dweezil Zappa takes an almost self-effacing approach to carrying on the family name. In Zappa Plays Zappa, a concert of his famous father's songs, he aims to present a show that's "like taking a tour of the world’s greatest museum where the curator takes you on your guided tour, but he never stands in front of the paintings while you’re trying to take a picture," as he told Vintage Rock.
To get there, he spent more than three years poring over Frank’s technical compositions before forming Zappa Plays Zappa to recreate them. With a Zappa Family Trust archivist, his brother Ahmet, and four other players selected after a series of sack races, Dweezil set out on his first tour. His thick, curly hair, rakish stubble, and guitar-playing skills mirror his father’s as he tears through Frank’s hits, selected from albums that range from his 1966 debut, Freak Out!, to his Grammy-nominated release Jazz From Hell. Built in 1937 as a movie palace, the theater retains its old-fashioned charm as audiences applaud, head-bob, and beatbox along to performances in modern comfort.
Mayo Performing Arts Center
The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the 1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theater fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future—a suite of education studios is on site to cultivate the next generation of performers.